Monday, March 22, 2010

President Obama in "Kill Bill 3"

I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I traveled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer" - Benjamin Franklin

The text that you are about to read are the author's personal thoughts and opinions so don't get upset if you don't like it.

Yesterday the Health Care Reform Bill that the president Obama pushed very sternly was passed in the US House of Representatives and now it is a big deal in the US about this. Some are happy and supporting this act and some are protesting and are very much against it. Now, I'm not a very political person, and I'm not American, so I don't care so much about Democrats or Republicans or things like that, but I must comment about one thing that bothers me.

As I understand, very simply, one of the main things is that the new healthcare system will cover extra 35 millions Americans with health insurance. That means that the taxes will go up and that the wealthy will have to pay bigger taxes. And suddenly a lot of people are going crazy and are protesting against this. And among this people are millions of middle/upper class Christians raising their voice against this reform.

But there is one thing that I don't understand. Why are people so upset if more people are covered with healthcare insurance? Is it because they feel that they have earned hard their own money and they don't want their taxes to go for people who don't work and live from the social help? Or is it maybe because most of those 35 million people will be black and hispanic? Just asking. Are their brains so washed by the merciless capitalistic mindset? Americans are paranoid when it comes to Socialism, a system they have never experienced, and think that Obama is trying to make USA a socialist country. Is that maybe a mindset inbuilt in their minds from the cold war? What is wrong with the western european countries who are also in some way socialist, especially Scandinavia? Are they aware that USA has one of the cruelest healthcare systems in the world? Just asking. Or is it just because it's Obama, and he is bad cause he is a democrat?

And in Benjamin Franklin's statement, however good it sounds for human ears, I just don't see the God that I follow.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Шехерезад, прости ни за нашето лицемерие

Пред две недели бев во "Канела" да купам торта и додека се распрашував за тоа какви торти имаат, во фрижидерот видов една со голема слика од Шехерезад. Се насмеав и дадов коментар дека сигурно имаат многу нарачки со нејзина слика. Девојката, сериозна, ми рече, "Па и да ти кажам, типка е!" Ме фати на препад. Не очекував дека ќе добијам толку сериозен одговор и морав да се согласам, "Да, типка е". Знаев дека луѓето ја сакаат серијата 1001 ноќ и барем таа си беше искрена.

А знам дека има многу луѓе кои не ја гледаат 1001 ноќ (а би ја гледале) затоа што се срамат од нивните пријатели и затоа што нема да бидат некакви си кул уметнички типови, затоа што таа серија е плитка и без везе и нема никаква уметничка вредност, но истите тие луѓе ќе одат на некаква уметничка изложба со уметност што не ја разбираат (ако воопшто може да се разбере) и ќе тупат околу тоа колку се сликите длабоки а всушност се жива глупост.

Од такви лицемери ми се гади.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Somewhere deep in us

In moments like this I want to write. When everything is white outside and the snow keeps on falling through the night. Just looking through the window at the scene behind my building and sensing the quiet outside. The huge maple tree, my friend in all seasons, is surrounded by some pine trees and all are with branches bended from the heavy snow. And I can tell that it's still snowing just by the yellow street lights. The sky is beautiful, it's kind of orange-gray.

I feel I want to freeze the moment. I wanted to go to bed but I want to do something. I can't just leave this moment go by unnoticed. I want to write a haiku, but I don't dare. I don't want to describe details, no, I want to paint the whole scene. But I'm afraid I can't, or maybe I just don't dare thinking I would destroy it. I'm no able to describe such beauty.

And that leads me to the question why I want to make this scene eternal by putting it on paper. What is it that makes us want to freeze some moments, through words, through paintings, through photos, through music? Do we want to have something to hold on to? Something that will give us a moment of eternity? Maybe something of heaven here on earth? Or maybe that is just a sign of a longing for a place we don't see but it exists somewhere deep in us? Somewhere deep in us...